ExpoPrint Latin America is taking place in Sao Paulo/Brazil from 20th to 24th March, and Koenig & Bauer has booked a generous stand measuring close to 200 m2 (Stand 520). The designated showpiece is a half-format sheetfed offset press of the Rapida 75 PRO series, which is being exhibited for the first time at a trade fair in South America.
In the last year the Rapida 75 PRO was the best seller B2 press in Brasil. Alongside, visitors can also look forward to a K80 combi folding machine from MBO. Information on many other highlights from the broad product range of Koenig & Bauer, from Digital & Web via Flexotecnica to Iberica die-cutters, rounds off the presentations of the world’s oldest printing press manufacturer.
The Rapida 75 PRO can be seen in live production, demonstrating fast job changes and printing speeds up to 16,000 sheets per hour for a variety of high-quality posters, cut-out models and games on paper and board. Configured as a five-colour coater press with extended delivery, 450 mm raised foundations and additional board-handling accessories, it processes sheets up to a maximum format of 605 x 750 mm.
Comprehensive automation features are incorporated to facilitate fast job changes, including inking units which can be disengaged when not required for a particular job, fully automatic FAPC plate changers and CleanTronic Synchro washing systems to enable parallel washing processes. Coating forme changes, too, are completed in next to no time thanks to SAPC automation. The ErgoTronic console provides not only a wallscreen display, but also online measuring and control systems for print quality assurance.
ErgoTronic ColorDrive enables ink density measurements and colour control according to Lab values, QualityPass delivers measurement reports as proof of the attained quality, and ErgoTronic ACR optimises register settings. With LogoTronic CIPLinkX, furthermore, the Rapida 75 PRO boasts an interface to pre-press for the conversion of CIP3 PPF data into press presetting data.
Brazil is a traditionally strong market for Koenig & Bauer. But since 2017, Koenig & Bauer do Brasil has been pushing ahead with even greater success. Last year, for example, Grafica Rami installed an eight-colour Rapida 106 with coater and triple-length delivery for packaging production, as well as a Rapida RDC 106 rotary die-cutter. The company already operates several half-format Rapidas and a further Rapida 106 with double coating. Brasilgrafica is another major user with three especially long Rapida presses in medium and large format. The longest, a Rapida 106, comprises a total of 12 printing and finishing units. The Rapida 75 PRO from the Koenig & Bauer stand at ExpoPrint will also be heading directly to a Brazilian user once the trade show closes its doors.